Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a proposed subtype of autism characterized by an avoidance of demand-framed requests by an individual. It was proposed in 1980 by the UK child psychologist Elizabeth Newson.
The main features of PDA are:
- Resisting or avoiding the ordinary daily demands of life
- Appearing sociable, but without the depth in understanding social situations
- Sudden and excessive mood swings together with impulsivity
- Comfortable in role play and pretend, sometimes to an extreme extent
- Initial language delay, often with good degree of catch-up (although we did not experience what we would have called a language delay, more so an unusual approach to language)
- Obsessive behaviour, often focused on people.
- Check out a nifty video here – terrible audio, but great info.
- Useful information here: http://www.pdasociety.org.uk/
- A great chat from motivating woman who’s son is PDA